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Raised Bill No. 5164

February Session, 2012

 

LCO No. 959

 

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Referred to Committee on Transportation

 

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AN ACT CONCERNING REVISIONS TO THE MOTOR VEHICLE LAWS.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Subsection (c) of section 14-12 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(c) The commissioner may, for the more efficient administration of the commissioner's duties, appoint licensed dealers meeting qualifications established by the commissioner pursuant to regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to issue new registrations for passenger motor vehicles, motorcycles, campers, camp trailers, commercial trailers, service buses, school buses, [or] trucks or other vehicle types as determined by the commissioner when they are sold by a licensed dealer. The commissioner shall charge such dealer a fee of ten dollars for each new dealer issue form furnished for the purposes of this subsection. A person purchasing a motor vehicle or other vehicle types as determined by the commissioner from a dealer so appointed and registering [the motor] such vehicle pursuant to this section shall file an application with the dealer and pay, to the dealer, a fee in accordance with the provisions of section 14-49. The commissioner shall prescribe the time and manner in which the application and fee shall be transmitted to the commissioner.

Sec. 2. Section 14-20 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may issue special number plates for antique, rare or special interest motor vehicles, including antique, rare or special interest motor vehicles that have been modified, such special number plates to be issued on a permanent basis. The commissioner shall charge a fee for such plates which shall cover the entire cost of making the same. An owner of such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle may use such owner's own porcelain number plate in place of the plates issued by the commissioner provided (1) such plate was originally issued by the department, and (2) such owner files with the commissioner a description and the number of such plate and any additional information the commissioner may require.

(b) [Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, section 14-18 and section 14-21b, the owner of such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle may be authorized by the commissioner to display] For the purposes of this subsection, "year of manufacture plate" means a number plate originally issued by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles corresponding to the year of manufacture of [such] an antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle, but which does not reflect the actual registration number assigned to such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle upon which it is displayed. [The] On and after July 1, 2012, the commissioner shall [issue a certificate of registration, as provided in section 14-12. Such registration shall be valid, subject to renewal, as long as the commissioner permits. Thereafter, the registration number and number plates, if any, which were assigned to such motor vehicle before such registration and number plates were issued under this section, shall be in effect. Each such number plate authorized for use by the commissioner shall be displayed in a conspicuous place at the rear of such motor vehicle at all times while the vehicle is in use or operation upon any public highway. A sticker shall be affixed to each such number plate to denote the expiration date of the registration, unless the commissioner authorizes the sticker, or other evidence of the period of the registration, to be placed elsewhere or carried in such motor vehicle. Such sticker may contain the corresponding letters and numbers of the registration and number plate. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section] not authorize the display of a year of manufacture plate. Any owner of an antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle who was authorized before July 1, 2012, to display a year of manufacture plate may continue to display such plate until the expiration of such owner's registration period that is in effect on July 1, 2012. Upon renewal of the registration for such antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle, the owner shall display the plates that correspond to such owner's registration number. No owner shall display a year of manufacture plate after June 30, 2014.

Sec. 3. Subsection (b) of section 14-21c of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(b) The commissioner shall charge an annual fee of [twenty] seventy dollars for the issuance of registration and plates for any such experimental test motor vehicle. [On and after July 1, 1985, the fee shall be thirty dollars, on and after July 1, 1989, forty-five dollars, on and after July 1, 1991, fifty-six dollars, and on and after July 1, 1993, seventy dollars.] Such registration shall expire [on the last day of March each year] one year following the date of issuance and shall not be renewed.

Sec. 4. Section 14-41 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) Upon every other renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license or identity card issued pursuant to section 1-1h, the commissioner may issue such license or identity card without the personal appearance of the licensee or identity card holder if (1) such licensee or identity card holder has a digital image on file with the commissioner, and (2) such licensee or identity card holder has fulfilled all other requirements for such renewal.

(b) An original operator's license shall expire within a period not exceeding six years following the date of the operator's next birthday. The fee for such original license shall be computed at the rate of forty-eight dollars for a four-year license, seventy-two dollars for a six-year license and twelve dollars per year or any part of a year. The commissioner may authorize an automobile club or association, licensed in accordance with the provisions of section 14-67, as amended by this act, on or before July 1, 2007, to issue duplicate licenses and identity cards pursuant to section 14-50a, renew licenses, renew identity cards issued pursuant to section 1-1h and conduct registration transactions at its office facilities. The commissioner may authorize such automobile clubs or associations to charge a convenience fee, which shall not exceed two dollars, to each applicant for a license or identity card renewal or duplication, or for a registration transaction.

(c) Any previously licensed operator who fails to renew a motor vehicle operator's license in accordance with subsection (b) of this section shall be charged a late fee of twenty-five dollars upon renewal of such operator's license.

(d) The commissioner may, at least fifteen days before the date on which each motor vehicle operator's license or identity card expires, notify the holder of such license or identity card of the expiration date, in a manner determined by the commissioner. The commissioner shall not provide such notification by mail to any such licensee or identity card holder if the United States Postal Service has determined that mail is undeliverable to the address for such person that is documented in the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles. Any previously licensed operator who operates a motor vehicle within sixty days after the expiration date of the operator's license without obtaining a renewal of the license shall be fined in accordance with the amount designated for the infraction of failure to renew a motor vehicle operator's license. Any operator so charged shall not be prosecuted under section 14-36 for the same act constituting a violation under this section but section 14-36 shall apply after the sixty-day period.

(e) On and after January 1, 2013, when the commissioner is unable to complete a timely renewal of a license or identity card of any person due to an incomplete verification of immigration status or citizenship under the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program of the United States Department of Homeland Security or when any person is able to present documentation satisfactory to the commissioner that such person requires an extension of a license or identity card due to such person's absence from the state at the time of such person's renewal, the commissioner may grant a single extension of such person's operator's license for a period of six months. The fee for such extension shall be the same as that for a duplicate license under section 14-50a and no part of such fee shall be subject to refund. The commissioner shall not issue more than one extension to any such person pursuant to this subsection.

[(e)] (f) Notwithstanding the provisions of section 1-3a, if the expiration date of any motor vehicle operator's license or any public passenger transportation permit falls on any day when offices of the commissioner are closed for business or are open for less than a full business day, the license or permit shall be deemed valid until midnight of the next day on which offices of the commissioner are open for a full day of business.

Sec. 5. Subsection (h) of section 14-44k of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(h) A person is disqualified for life if such person commits two or more of the offenses specified in subsection (b) of this section, or if such person is the subject of two or more findings by the commissioner under subsection (c) of this section, or any combination of those offenses or findings, arising from two or more separate incidents. A person is disqualified for life if the commissioner takes suspension actions against such person for two or more alcohol test refusals or test failures, or any combination of such actions, arising from two or more separate incidents. Any person disqualified for life, except a person disqualified under subsection (g) of this section, who has both voluntarily enrolled in and successfully completed an appropriate rehabilitation program, as determined by the commissioner, may apply for reinstatement of such person's commercial driver's license, provided any such applicant shall not be eligible for reinstatement until such time as such person has served a minimum disqualification period of ten years. An application for reinstatement shall be accompanied by documentation satisfactory to the commissioner that such person has both voluntarily enrolled in and successfully completed a [rehabilitation program that meets the requirements of section 14-227f and the regulations adopted pursuant to section 14-227f] program established and operated by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services pursuant to chapter 319j, a program operated through a substance abuse treatment facility licensed in accordance with section 19a-491 or the equivalent of either program offered in another state. The commissioner shall not reinstate a commercial driver's license that was disqualified for life unless an applicant for reinstatement requests an administrative hearing in accordance with chapter 54, and offers evidence that the reinstatement of such applicant's commercial driver's license does not endanger the public safety or welfare. Such evidence shall include, but not be limited to, proof that such applicant has not been convicted of any offense involving alcohol, a controlled substance or a drug during a period of ten years following the date of such applicant's most recent lifetime disqualification. If a person whose commercial driver's license is reinstated under this subsection is subsequently convicted of another disqualifying offense, such person shall be permanently disqualified for life and shall be ineligible to reapply for a reduction of the lifetime disqualification. The following shall remain on the driving history record of a commercial motor vehicle operator or commercial driver's license holder for a period of fifty-five years, as required by 49 CFR Part 384, as amended from time to time: (1) Any offense specified in subsection (b) or (c) of this section, provided such offense occurred on or after December 29, 2006; (2) each of two or more offenses specified in subsection (b) or (c) of this section that occur within ten years of each other and result in a lifetime disqualification, regardless of when such offenses occur; (3) any conviction under subsection (g) of this section for using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony involving the manufacture, distribution or dispensing of a controlled substance, committed on or after January 1, 2005.

Sec. 6. Subsection (a) of section 14-50 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (c) of section 14-41, as amended by this act, there shall be charged a fee of forty-three dollars for each renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license issued for a period of four years, a fee of sixty-five dollars for each renewal of a motor vehicle operator's license issued for a period of six years and an additional fee of twelve dollars for each year or part thereof for each passenger endorsement.

Sec. 7. Subsection (b) of section 14-52 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(b) (1) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, each applicant for a repairer's or a limited repairer's license shall furnish a cash bond or a surety bond in the amount of five thousand dollars.

(2) Except as provided in subsection (c) of this section, each applicant for a new car dealer's or a used car dealer's license shall furnish a cash bond or a surety bond in the amount of fifty thousand dollars.

(3) Each applicant for a leasing or rental license issued pursuant to section 14-15, who is engaged in the leasing or renting of motor vehicles for periods of thirty days or more shall furnish a cash bond or a surety bond in the amount of ten thousand dollars.

(4) Each such bond required under subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of this subsection shall be conditioned upon the applicant or licensee complying with the provisions of any state or federal law or regulation relating to the conduct of such business and provided as indemnity for any loss sustained by any person by reason of any acts of the licensee constituting grounds for suspension or revocation of the license or such licensee going out of business. Each cash bond shall be deposited with the commissioner and each surety bond shall be executed in the name of the state of Connecticut for the benefit of any aggrieved party, but the penalty of the bond shall not be invoked except upon order of the commissioner after a hearing held before said commissioner in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

(5) The commissioner shall assess a fee of fifty dollars against any licensee for failing to continuously maintain the bond requirements of this subsection. This fee shall be in addition to the license suspension or revocation penalties and the civil penalties to which the licensee is subject pursuant to section 14-64.

Sec. 8. Subsection (c) of section 14-58 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(c) Registration certificates issued under the provisions of this section shall not be required to be carried upon such motor vehicles when upon the public highways as required under subsection (a) of section 14-13, except that the licensee shall issue to each person driving such motor vehicle a document indicating that such person is validly entrusted with such vehicle which document shall be carried in the motor vehicle. The commissioner shall determine the form and contents of this document. Legible photostatic copies of such registration certificates may be carried in such vehicles as proof of ownership. The licensee shall furnish financial responsibility satisfactory to the commissioner as defined in section 14-112, provided such financial responsibility shall not be required from a licensee when the commissioner finds that the licensee is of sufficient financial responsibility to meet such legal liability. The commissioner may issue such license upon presentation of evidence of such financial responsibility satisfactory to the commissioner. The commissioner shall assess a fee of fifty dollars against any licensee for failing to continuously maintain the financial responsibility requirements of this subsection. This fee shall be in addition to the license suspension or revocation penalties and the civil penalties to which the licensee is subject pursuant to section 14-64.

Sec. 9. Section 14-66 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) (1) No person, firm or corporation shall engage in the business of operating a wrecker for the purpose of towing or transporting motor vehicles, including motor vehicles which are disabled, inoperative or wrecked or are being removed in accordance with the provisions of section 14-145, 14-150 or 14-307, unless such person, firm or corporation is a motor vehicle dealer or repairer licensed under the provisions of subpart (D) of this part. (2) The commissioner shall establish and publish a schedule of uniform rates and charges for the nonconsensual towing and transporting of motor vehicles and for the storage of motor vehicles which shall be just and reasonable. Upon petition of any person, firm or corporation licensed in accordance with the provisions of this section, but not more frequently than once every two years, the commissioner shall reconsider the established rates and charges and shall amend such rates and charges if the commissioner, after consideration of the factors stated in this subdivision, determines that such rates and charges are no longer just and reasonable. In establishing and amending such rates and charges, the commissioner may consider factors, including, but not limited to, the Consumer Price Index, rates set by other jurisdictions, charges for towing and transporting services provided pursuant to a contract with an automobile club or automobile association licensed under the provisions of section 14-67, as amended by this act, and rates published in standard service manuals. The commissioner shall hold a public hearing for the purpose of obtaining additional information concerning such rates and charges. (3) With respect to the nonconsensual towing or transporting and the storage of motor vehicles, no such person, firm or corporation shall charge more than the rates and charges published by the commissioner. Any person aggrieved by any action of the commissioner under the provisions of this section may take an appeal therefrom in accordance with section 4-183, except venue for such appeal shall be in the judicial district of New Britain.

(b) The commissioner, or an inspector authorized by the commissioner, shall examine each wrecker, including its number, equipment and identification, and shall determine the mechanical condition of such wrecker and whether or not it is properly equipped to do the work intended. A wrecker shall be deemed properly equipped if there are two flashing yellow lights installed and mounted on such wrecker that (1) show in all directions at all times, and (2) indicate the full width of such wrecker. Such lights shall be mounted not less than eight feet above the road surface and as close to the back of the cab of such wrecker as practicable. Such lights shall be in operation when such wrecker is towing a vehicle and when such wrecker is at the scene of an accident or the location of a disabled motor vehicle. In addition, each wrecker shall be equipped with a spot light mounted so that its beam of light is directed toward the hoisting equipment in the rear of such wrecker. The hoisting equipment of each wrecker shall be of sufficient capacity to perform the service intended and shall be securely mounted to the frame of such vehicle. A fire extinguisher shall be carried at all times on each wrecker which shall be in proper working condition, mounted in a permanent bracket on each wrecker and have a minimum rating of eight bc. A set of three flares in operating condition shall be carried at all times on each wrecker and shall be used between the periods of one-half hour after sunset and one-half hour before sunrise when the wrecker is parked on a highway while making emergency repairs or preparing to pick up a disabled vehicle to remove it from a highway or adjoining property. No registrant or operator of any wrecker shall offer to give any gratuities or inducements of any kind to any police officer or other person in order to obtain towing business or recommendations for towing or storage of, or estimating repairs to, disabled vehicles. No licensee shall require the owner to sign a contract for the repair of such owner's damaged vehicle as part of the towing consideration or to sign an order for the repair of, or authorization for estimate until the tow job has been completed. No licensee shall tow a vehicle in such a negligent manner as to cause further damage to the vehicle being towed.

(c) Each wrecker used for towing or transporting motor vehicles shall be registered as a wrecker by the commissioner for a fee of one hundred twenty-five dollars. Each such registration shall be renewed biennially according to renewal schedules established by the commissioner so as to effect staggered renewal of all such registrations. If the adoption of a staggered system results in the expiration of any registration more or less than two years from its issuance, the commissioner may charge a prorated amount for such registration fee.

(d) An owner of a wrecker may apply to the commissioner for a general distinguishing number and number plate for the purpose of displaying such number plate on a motor vehicle temporarily in the custody of such owner and being towed or transported by such owner. The commissioner shall issue such number and number plate to an owner of a wrecker (1) who has complied with the requirements of this section, and (2) whose wrecker is equipped in accordance with subsection (b) of this section. The commissioner shall charge a fee to cover the cost of issuance and renewal of such number plates.

(e) With respect to the nonconsensual towing or transporting of a motor vehicle, no licensee may tow or transport a vehicle to the premises of any person, firm or corporation engaged in the storage of vehicles for compensation unless such person, firm or corporation adheres to the storage charges published by the commissioner.

(f) The provisions of this section shall not apply to [: (1) Any] any person, firm, [or] corporation [licensed as a motor vehicle dealer under the provisions of subpart (D) of this part, towing] or association: (1) Towing or transporting a motor vehicle, [for salvage purposes,] provided such person, firm, [or] corporation or association is licensed as a motor vehicle dealer pursuant to the provisions of subpart (D) of this part or is a contractor of such dealer and does not offer direct towing or wrecker service to the public or engage in nonconsensual towing or transporting; (2) [any person, firm or corporation] operating as an automobile club or automobile association licensed under section 14-67, as amended by this act; (3) [any person, firm or corporation] operating as a motor vehicle recycler licensed under section 14-67l or any contractor of such recycler, provided such recycler or its contractor does not offer towing or wrecker service to the public to engage in nonconsensual towing or transporting; (4) [any person, firm or corporation engaged] engaging in the business of repossession of motor vehicles for lending institutions; [or] (5) [any person, firm or corporation] towing motor vehicles owned or leased by such person, firm, association or corporation; (6) towing or transporting motor vehicles for hire, with the appropriate operating authority, as defined in 49 CFR 390.5, as amended from time to time, provided such person, firm, corporation or association does not offer towing or wrecker service to the public or engage in nonconsensual towing or transporting; or (7) towing motor vehicles to or from an auction conducted by a dealer licensed pursuant to the provisions of subpart (D) of this part, provided such person, firm, corporation or association does not offer direct towing or wrecker service to the public or engage in nonconsensual towing or transporting.

(g) For the purposes of this section, "nonconsensual towing or transporting" means the towing or transporting of a motor vehicle in accordance with the provisions of section 14-145 or for which arrangements are made by order of a law enforcement officer or traffic authority, as defined in section 14-297.

(h) Any person, firm, corporation or association that violates the provisions of this section shall, for a first offense, be deemed to have committed an infraction and be fined not more than two hundred dollars and, for a second or subsequent offense, shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars.

Sec. 10. Section 14-67 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) No person, firm, association or corporation operating as an automobile club or automobile association shall perform, or offer to perform, in this state for a stipulated fee covering a certain period, any service relating to the protection and assistance of automobile owners or drivers, other than insurance, without being licensed therefor by the commissioner.

(b) If the commissioner is of the opinion that the applicant is reliable, entitled to confidence and of sufficient financial responsibility, such applicant shall be granted a license to perform such service in this state. The license shall expire [annually on the last day of June] biennially and such license may be renewed as long as the commissioner regards such licensee as reliable, entitled to confidence and of sufficient financial responsibility.

(c) No license shall be granted under the provisions of this section unless the applicant deposits the sum of ten thousand dollars in cash or securities of a market value in said amount in this state and approved by the commissioner, or in lieu thereof a surety bond in like amount of a company legally authorized to do business in this state. Such bond shall be in favor of and for the protection, use and benefit of all members of such club or association and of all persons whose applications for such membership have been accepted and who have secured a judgment against such licensee for failure to perform its contract and which, after thirty days, remains unsatisfied, but in no event shall any judgment recovered against any such licensee be satisfied under such bond for more than one hundred dollars in any one action.

(d) The commissioner shall grant such [a] license if [he has been satisfied that] the applicant has complied with the provisions of this section [have been complied with and he] and the commissioner may, for cause, after [a] notice and hearing, [and for cause,] revoke such [a] license. [; and, if] If the applicant or licensee is aggrieved either by the commissioner's refusal to grant a license or [his] the revocation of [it] such license, [he] such applicant or licensee may appeal from the commissioner's decision in accordance with the provisions of section 4-183.

(e) [The] On and after October 1, 2012, the fee for each such license or the renewal thereof shall be [thirty-one dollars, payable to the commissioner. On and after January 1, 2005, such fee shall be two hundred fifty] five hundred dollars.

(f) No person shall solicit or aid in the solicitation of another person to purchase automobile club or automobile association service from any person, firm, association or corporation which is not licensed under this section.

(g) No person shall, orally or in writing, misrepresent the terms, benefits or provisions of any automobile club or automobile association service contract issued or to be issued by any person, firm, association or corporation.

(h) Any person, firm, association or corporation which violates any provision of this section shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days or both.

Sec. 11. Subsection (b) of section 14-67i of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(b) The provisions of this section shall not apply to [: (1) Any] any public agency, as defined in section 7-339a, which acquires, collects, dismantles or disposes of junk or abandoned motor vehicles pursuant to a program of solid waste disposal, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 446d and the regulations of Connecticut state agencies, concerning the operation of motor vehicle recycler's yards, provided this exemption shall not apply to any public agency which sells or distributes or exchanges for profit motor vehicle parts for reuse as such, and provided further, such public agency shall designate an employee to maintain accurate records of all motor vehicles received and processed. Such records shall include the make, year, serial number and, if available, the name and address of the person from whom each vehicle was received. A list containing the make, year and serial number of each such motor vehicle shall be sent to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles on or before the last day of the month following the month during which such disposal occurred. [; or (2) any intermediate processor operating at a licensed facility, pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. "Intermediate processor" means any person, firm or corporation which dismantles, crushes or otherwise conditions junk or abandoned motor vehicles or parts thereof for delivery to a scrap metal processor as defined in section 14-67w, or for disposal in any other manner permitted by law, and which does not sell automobile parts for reuse as parts; provided all such junk or abandoned motor vehicles or parts thereof shall, at the time of such dismantling, crushing or conditioning, be owned by or in the custody of, and located on premises of or maintained by the holder of a motor vehicle recycler's license issued pursuant to section 14-67l, or by a public agency exempted under this subsection.]

Sec. 12. Section 14-67v of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

Any person, or any officer or agent of any firm or corporation, who establishes, operates or maintains a motor vehicle recycler's yard or motor vehicle recycler's business in any location within a restricted district created under the provisions of this subpart (H), or establishes, operates or maintains such yard or business without procuring such certificate of approval from the local authority, [or establishes, operates or maintains an intermediate processor in violation of any provision of this subpart (H),] or transports or hauls any motor vehicle or used parts of a motor vehicle in violation of any provision of this subpart (H) or violates any provision of this subpart (H), shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than ninety days or both. Each day of such establishment, operation or maintenance in violation hereof shall constitute a separate offense. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may, after notice and hearing, impose a civil penalty of not more than two thousand dollars on any person, firm or corporation that establishes, operates or maintains such yard or business, uses the title "motor vehicle recycler" or advertises or holds itself out as a motor vehicle recycler without a license. In addition to the penalties herein prescribed, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles or the local authority, upon a violation of any of the provisions of this subpart (H), may bring an application to the superior court for the judicial district where such yard or business is located to enjoin a further operation or maintenance of such yard or business and to abate the same as a public nuisance. Said court may, upon finding such yard or business has been established, operated or maintained in violation of the provisions of this subpart (H), issue such injunction as it deems equitable and make such order for the discontinuance or abatement of such yard or business as a nuisance as it finds to be necessary, including authorization to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles to enter such yard or business to eliminate, at the expense of the defendant, the conditions which constitute the violation of any provision of this subpart (H).

Sec. 13. Subsection (a) of section 14-67w of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) Except as herein provided, the provisions of this subpart (H) shall not apply to any scrap metal processor. "Scrap metal processor" shall include any place of business and any place of deposit which has facilities for preparing and processing iron, steel and nonferrous metals into a form suitable for remelting by a foundry, steel mill or other remelter, and which does not buy or receive motor vehicles from any person, firm or corporation, except the holder of a motor vehicle recycler's license pursuant to section 14-67l, or a public agency [or intermediate processor] exempt from the provisions of said section pursuant to subsection (b) of section 14-67i, as amended by this act, and which does not sell automobile parts for reuse as parts. Any scrap metal processor who retains on his premises for a period in excess of thirty days any motor vehicle junk which has not been processed into a form suitable for remelting as provided in this section shall be deemed to be operating or maintaining a motor vehicle recycler's business or motor vehicle recycler's yard, as defined in section 14-67g, and shall be subject to the provisions of section 14-67v, as amended by this act.

Sec. 14. Subsection (a) of section 14-111g of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) For the purposes of this subsection, "moving violation" means any violation of subsection (c) of section 14-36 or section 14-36g, 14-218a, 14-219, 14-222, 14-223, 14-230 to 14-249, inclusive, 14-279, 14-283, 14-289b, 14-296aa, [or] 14-299, [to] 14-300, 14-301, 14-302 or 14-303, [inclusive,] and "suspension violation" means a violation of section 14-222a or 14-224, subsection (a) of section 14-227a, or section 53a-56b, 53a-57 or 53a-60d. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may require any motor vehicle operator who is twenty-four years of age or less, who has been convicted of a moving violation or a suspension violation, or both, committed on two or more occasions to attend a motor vehicle operator's retraining program. The commissioner may require any motor vehicle operator over twenty-four years of age, who has been convicted of a moving violation or a suspension violation or a combination of said violations, committed on three or more occasions to attend a motor vehicle operator's retraining program. The commissioner shall notify such operator, in writing, of such requirement. A fee of not more than sixty dollars shall be charged for the retraining program. The commissioner, after notice and opportunity for hearing, may suspend the motor vehicle operator's license of any such operator who fails to attend or successfully complete the program until the operator successfully completes the program. The hearing shall be limited to any claim of impossibility of the operator to attend the retraining program, or to a determination of mistake or misidentification.

Sec. 15. Section 14-160 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

The commissioner is authorized to reserve only the registration marker plate numbers of motor vehicles from the number one to the number ten thousand, inclusive, for passenger vehicles and from the number one to the number five hundred, inclusive, for dealers' plates. Said numbers may be issued at the discretion of the commissioner. A fee of [sixty-five] sixty-nine dollars shall be charged for the first registration period with respect to the issuance of any such plate or plates, in addition to the regular fee prescribed for registration.

Sec. 16. Subsection (f) of section 14-174 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2013):

(f) The commissioner shall place a legend on any new or [duplicate] replacement certificate of title in accordance with the requirements of section 14-16c, 14-172, 14-178, as amended by this act, 14-179 or 42-179. The commissioner shall place a legend on any new or [duplicate] replacement certificate of title that the commissioner issues concerning the mileage on a motor vehicle in accordance with the requirements of the Federal Odometer Act, Sections 32701 to 32711, inclusive, Title 49, United States Code, and any federal regulation adopted under the authority of said act. The commissioner may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to provide for the placement of additional legends on any certificate of title, concerning the condition of any motor vehicle or the status of the title to any motor vehicle, including legends to indicate that a motor vehicle has been rebuilt or damaged by flood, or that a bond has been posted to obtain the title, as provided in section 14-176. Such regulations, as may be adopted by the commissioner, shall provide for an opportunity for a hearing, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 and section 14-194, for any person aggrieved by any action, omission or decision of the commissioner made pursuant to this subsection.

Sec. 17. Section 14-175 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the certificate of title [shall] may be presented or mailed to the first lienholder named in it or, if none, to the owner. In lieu of the presentation or mailing of the title, the commissioner may maintain a title record in electronic form, and may issue a title upon request of a lienholder or the owner.

(b) The commissioner may maintain an electronic title file for the recording and storage of the evidence of any lienholder's security interest. When the first lienholder's security interest is satisfied and released, the commissioner [shall] may present or mail the certificate of title to the owner, unless another security interest has been recorded by the commissioner. In lieu of the presentation or mailing of the title, the commissioner may maintain a title record in electronic form, and may issue a title upon request of the owner.

Sec. 18. Section 14-178 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2013):

(a) If a certificate of title is lost, stolen, mutilated or destroyed or becomes illegible, the first lienholder or, if none, the owner or legal representative of the owner named in the certificate, as shown by the records of the commissioner, shall promptly make application for and may obtain a [duplicate] replacement upon furnishing information, including personal identification acceptable and satisfactory to the commissioner. The [duplicate] replacement certificate of title shall contain the legend "This is a [duplicate] replacement certificate and may be subject to the rights of a person under the original certificate." Except as provided in subsection (b) of section 14-175, as amended by this act, the commissioner shall present or mail the [duplicate] replacement certificate to the first lienholder named in the [duplicate] replacement certificate or, if none, to the owner.

(b) The commissioner shall not issue a new certificate of title to a transferee upon application made on a [duplicate] replacement until fifteen days after receipt of the application.

(c) A person recovering an original certificate of title for which a [duplicate] replacement has been issued shall promptly surrender the original certificate to the commissioner.

Sec. 19. Subsection (a) of section 14-192 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective January 1, 2013):

(a) The commissioner shall be paid the following fees: (1) For filing an application for a certificate of title, twenty-five dollars; (2) for each security interest noted upon a certificate of title or maintained in the electronic title file pursuant to subsection (b) of section 14-175, as amended by this act, ten dollars; (3) for each record copy search, twenty dollars; (4) for each assignment of a security interest noted upon a certificate of title or maintained in the electronic title file, ten dollars; (5) for an application for a [duplicate] replacement certificate of title, twenty-five dollars, provided such fee shall not be required for any such [duplicate] replacement certificate of title (A) which is requested on a form prepared and signed by the assessor in any town for purposes of such proof of ownership of a motor vehicle as may be required in accordance with section 12-71b, or (B) in connection with an application submitted by a licensed dealer in accordance with the provisions of subsection (c) of section 14-12, as amended by this act, or section 14-61; (6) for an ordinary certificate of title issued upon surrender of a distinctive certificate, ten dollars; (7) for filing a notice of security interest, ten dollars; (8) for a certificate of search of the records of the Department of Motor Vehicles, for each name or identification number searched against, twenty dollars; (9) for filing an assignment of security interest, ten dollars; (10) for search of a motor vehicle certificate of title record, requested by a person other than the owner of such motor vehicle, twenty dollars; and (11) for a bond filing under section 14-176, twenty-five dollars.

Sec. 20. Subsection (k) of section 14-227b of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(k) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (b) to (j), inclusive, of this section, any police officer who obtains the results of a chemical analysis of a blood sample taken from or a urine sample provided by an operator of a motor vehicle involved in an accident who suffered or allegedly suffered physical injury in such accident, or is otherwise deemed by a police officer to require treatment or observation at a hospital, shall notify the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and submit to the commissioner a written report if such results indicate that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, and if such person was arrested for violation of section 14-227a in connection with such accident. The report shall be made on a form approved by the commissioner containing such information as the commissioner prescribes, and shall be subscribed and sworn to under penalty of false statement, as provided in section 53a-157b, by the police officer. The commissioner may, after notice and an opportunity for hearing, which shall be conducted by a hearing officer on behalf of the commissioner in accordance with chapter 54, suspend the motor vehicle operator's license or nonresident operating privilege of such person for the appropriate period of time specified in subsection (i) or (j) of this section. Each hearing conducted under this subsection shall be limited to a determination of the following issues: (1) Whether the police officer had probable cause to arrest the person for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drug or both; (2) whether such person was placed under arrest; (3) whether such person was operating the motor vehicle; (4) whether the results of the analysis of the blood or urine of such person indicate that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content; and (5) in the event that a blood sample was taken, whether the blood sample was obtained in accordance with conditions for admissibility and competence as evidence as set forth in subsection (k) of section 14-227a. If, after such hearing, the commissioner finds on any one of the said issues in the negative, the commissioner shall not impose a suspension. The fees of any witness summoned to appear at the hearing shall be the same as provided by the general statutes for witnesses in criminal cases, as provided in section 52-260.

Sec. 21. Subsection (a) of section 15-145a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

(a) Each marine dealer, as defined in section 15-141, may make application to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles for a general distinguishing number and mark in lieu of registering each boat trailer owned by him or in his custody, and the commissioner may issue to the applicant a certificate or certificates of registration containing the distinguishing number and mark assigned to such applicant, and made in a form and containing any further information that the commissioner may require. Each such boat trailer owned by such applicant or temporarily in his custody shall be regarded as registered under and having assigned to it such general distinguishing number and mark until sold. Such application shall contain an affidavit stating that such dealer is a person engaged in the business of manufacturing, selling or repairing new or used vessels and that such person has an established place of business for the sale, trade, display or repair of such vessels. For the registration of all boat trailers registered under a general distinguishing number and mark, the commissioner shall charge a fee at the rate of fifty dollars per annum or any part thereof for each number plate furnished. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall assess a twenty-five dollar late fee for renewal of a registration in the event a dealer fails to renew such registration within five days after its expiration. The issuance of such registrations shall be in the sole discretion of the commissioner and may be recalled at any time for any reason or cause the commissioner deems sufficient.

Sec. 22. Section 14-41c of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2012):

The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles shall consult with the Commissioner of Correction to establish a procedure to renew the operator's licenses and identity cards of persons who are incarcerated, without the appearance of such persons at the Department of Motor Vehicles, [upon the written] in accordance with subsection (b) of section 14-36d. Such renewal shall be initiated at the request of an incarcerated person who responds to a renewal notice for such person's operator's license. [, shall extend the expiration date of such person's operator's license for two years or thirty days following the date such person is released from incarceration, whichever occurs first] This section shall not apply to the initial issuance of a driver's license or identity card or the issuance of a license or identity card that has expired more than two years before the date of the requested renewal.

Sec. 23. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2012) (a) The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles may issue a registration, limited to six months in duration, for any motor vehicle for which adequate proof of ownership is pending, including a motor vehicle previously registered in another state that is awaiting the out-of-state title or title lien release required for obtaining a permanent registration in this state. Such registration shall be known as a courtesy registration and in no case shall such registration be issued without proper sale of documents in the name of the person seeking to obtain such registration and without meeting all other requirements for the registration of the motor vehicle.

(b) For six months or any part thereof, the fee for a courtesy registration shall be one-quarter of the amount specified for a two-year permanent registration and one-half of the amount specified for a one-year permanent registration. The owner of a motor vehicle with a courtesy registration may receive a permanent registration upon presentation of documents to the commissioner demonstrating proof of ownership. No part of the fee paid for a courtesy registration shall be refunded or applied to the fee for the permanent registration of the motor vehicle.

Sec. 24. Subsection (c) of section 14-67w of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(c) The premises of each scrap metal processor utilized for processing motor vehicle junk and the records provided to each such processor pursuant to the provisions of [section 14-67j or] section 14-67m shall be available for inspection during regular business hours by one or more representatives of the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Division of State Police within the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection or any organized local police department. Each such record shall be retained by each scrap metal processor for a period of two years after receipt of such record.

Sec. 25. Section 14-164 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

Any person who violates any provision of this chapter [,] or section 14-16c [or section 14-67j] for which no other penalty is provided or which is not designated an infraction shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars.

Sec. 26. Subsection (a) of section 29-1s of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(a) (1) Wherever the term "Department of Public Safety" is used in the following general statutes, the term "Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection" shall be substituted in lieu thereof; and (2) wherever the term "Commissioner of Public Safety" is used in the following general statutes, the term "Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection" shall be substituted in lieu thereof: 1-24, 1-84b, 1-217, 2-90b, 3-2b, 4-68m, 4a-2a, 4a-18, 4a-67d, 4b-1, 4b-130, 5-142, 5-146, 5-149, 5-150, 5-169, 5-173, 5-192f, 5-192t, 5-246, 6-32g, 7-169, 7-285, 7-294f to 7-294h, inclusive, 7-294l, 7-294n, 7-294y, 7-425, 9-7a, 10-233h, 12-562, 12-564a, 12-586f, 12-586g, 13a-123, 13b-69, 13b-376, 14-10, 14-64, [14-67j,] 14-67m, 14-67w, as amended by this act, 14-103, 14-108a, 14-138, 14-152, 14-163c, 14-211a, 14-212a, 14-212f, 14-219c, 14-227a, 14-227c, 14-267a, 14-270c to 14-270f, inclusive, 14-283, 14-291, 14-298, 14-315, 15-98, 15-140r, 15-140u, 16-256g, 16a-103, 17a-105a, 17a-106a, 17a-500, 17b-90, 17b-137, 17b-192, 17b-225, 17b-279, 17b-490, 18-87k, 19a-112a, 19a-112f, 19a-179b, 19a-409, 19a-904, 20-12c, 20-327b, 21a-36, 21a-283, 22a-2, 23-8b, 23-18, 26-5, 26-67b, 27-19a, 27-107, 28-25b, 28-27, 28-27a, 28-30a, 29-1c, 29-1e to 29-1h, inclusive, 29-1q, 29-1zz, 29-2, 29-2a, 29-2b, 29-3a, 29-3b, 29-4a, 29-6a, 29-7, 29-7b, 29-7c, 29-7h, 29-7m, 29-7n, 29-8, 29-9, 29-10, 29-10a, 29-10c, 29-11, 29-12, 29-17a, 29-17b, 29-17c, 29-18 to 29-23a, inclusive, 29-25, 29-26, 29-28, 29-28a, 29-30 to 29-32, inclusive, 29-32b, 29-33, 29-36f to 29-36i, inclusive, 29-36k, 29-36m, 29-36n, 29-37a, 29-37f, 29-38b, 29-38e, 29-38f, 29-108b, 29-143i, 29-143j, 29-145 to 29-151, inclusive, 29-152f to 29-152j, inclusive, 29-152m, 29-152o, 29-152u, 29-153, 29-155d, 29-156a, 29-161g to 29-161i, inclusive, 29-161k to 29-161m, inclusive, 29-161o to 29-161t, inclusive, 29-161v to 29-161z, inclusive, 29-163, 29-164g, 29-166, 29-176 to 29-179, inclusive, 29-179f to 29-179h, 31-275, 38a-18, 38a-356, 45a-63, 46a-4b, 46a-170, 46b-15a, 46b-38d, 46b-38f, 51-5c, 51-10c, 51-51o, 51-277a, 52-11, 53-39a, 53-134, 53-199, 53-202, 53-202b, 53-202c, 53-202g, 53-202l, 53-202n, 53-202o, 53-278c, 53-341b, 53a-3, 53a-30, 53a-54b, 53a-130, 53a-130a, 54-1f, 54-1l, 54-36e, 54-36i, 54-36n, 54-47aa, 54-63c, 54-76l, 54-86k, 54-102g to 54-102j, inclusive, 54-102m, 54-102pp, 54-142j, 54-222a, 54-240, 54-240m, 54-250 to 54-258, inclusive, 54-259a, 54-260b, and 54-300.

Sec. 27. Subsection (c) of section 14-36a of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes, as amended by section 34 of public act 10-110 and section 60 of public act 11-213, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

(c) A commercial driver's license or a class D license that contains [either] any of the following endorsements evidences that the holder meets the requirements of section 14-44:

"V"- authorizes the transportation of passengers in a student transportation vehicle, as defined in section 14-212, or any vehicle that requires an "A" or "F" endorsement; [and]

"A"- authorizes the transportation of passengers in an activity vehicle, as defined in section 14-1, as amended by this act, or any vehicle that requires an "F" endorsement; and

"F"- authorizes the transportation of passengers in a taxicab, motor vehicle in livery service, service bus or motor bus.

The commissioner may establish one or more endorsements or restrictions on class D licenses, in accordance with regulations adopted in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54.

Sec. 28. Section 14-1 of the 2012 supplement to the general statutes, as amended by section 37 of public act 10-110 and section 61 of public act 11-213, is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2012):

Terms used in this chapter shall be construed as follows, unless another construction is clearly apparent from the language or context in which the term is used or unless the construction is inconsistent with the manifest intention of the General Assembly:

(1) "Activity vehicle" means a student transportation vehicle that is used to transport students in connection with school-sponsored events and activities, but is not used to transport students to and from school;

[(1)] (2) "Agricultural tractor" means a tractor or other form of nonmuscular motive power used for transporting, hauling, plowing, cultivating, planting, harvesting, reaping or other agricultural purposes on any farm or other private property, or used for the purpose of transporting, from one farm to another, agricultural implements and farm products, provided the agricultural tractor is not used on any highway for transporting a pay load or for some other commercial purpose;

[(2)] (3) "Antique, rare or special interest motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle twenty years old or older which is being preserved because of historic interest and which is not altered or modified from the original manufacturer's specifications;

[(3)] (4) "Apparent candle power" means an illumination equal to the normal illumination in foot candles produced by any lamp or lamps, divided by the square of the distance in feet between the lamp or lamps and the point at which the measurement is made;

[(4)] (5) "Authorized emergency vehicle" means (A) a fire department vehicle, (B) a police vehicle, or (C) a public service company or municipal department ambulance or emergency vehicle designated or authorized for use as an authorized emergency vehicle by the commissioner;

[(5)] (6) "Auxiliary driving lamp" means an additional lighting device on a motor vehicle used primarily to supplement the general illumination in front of a motor vehicle provided by the motor vehicle's head lamps;

[(6)] (7) "Bulb" means a light source consisting of a glass bulb containing a filament or substance capable of being electrically maintained at incandescence;

[(7)] (8) "Camp trailer" includes any trailer designed for living or sleeping purposes and used exclusively for camping or recreational purposes;

[(8)] (9) "Camp trailer registration" means the type of registration issued to any trailer that is for nonbusiness use and is limited to camp trailers and utility trailers;

[(9)] (10) "Camp vehicle" means any motor vehicle that is regularly used to transport persons under eighteen years of age in connection with the activities of any youth camp, as defined in section 19a-420;

[(10)] (11) "Camper" means any motor vehicle designed or permanently altered in such a way as to provide temporary living quarters for travel, camping or recreational purposes;

[(11)] (12) "Combination registration" means the type of registration issued to a motor vehicle used for both private passenger and commercial purposes if such vehicle does not have a gross vehicle weight rating in excess of twelve thousand five hundred pounds;

[(12)] (13) "Commercial driver's license" or "CDL" means a license issued to an individual in accordance with the provisions of sections 14-44a to 14-44m, inclusive, as amended by this act, which authorizes such individual to drive a commercial motor vehicle;

[(13)] (14) "Commercial driver's license information system" or "CDLIS" means the national database of holders of commercial driver's licenses established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pursuant to Section 12007 of the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986;

[(14)] (15) "Commercial motor vehicle" means a vehicle designed or used to transport passengers or property, except a vehicle used for farming purposes in accordance with 49 CFR 383.3(d), fire fighting apparatus or an emergency vehicle, as defined in section 14-283, or a recreational vehicle in private use, which (A) has a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand and one pounds or more, or a gross combination weight rating of twenty-six thousand and one pounds or more, inclusive of a towed unit or units with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than ten thousand pounds; (B) is designed to transport sixteen or more passengers, including the driver, or is designed to transport more than ten passengers, including the driver, and is used to transport students under the age of twenty-one years to and from school; or (C) is transporting hazardous materials and is required to be placarded in accordance with 49 CFR 172, Subpart F, as amended, or any quantity of a material listed as a select agent or toxin in 42 CFR Part 73;

[(15)] (16) "Commercial registration" means the type of registration required for any motor vehicle designed or used to transport merchandise, freight or persons in connection with any business enterprise, unless a more specific type of registration is authorized and issued by the commissioner for such class of vehicle;

[(16)] (17) "Commercial trailer" means a trailer used in the conduct of a business to transport freight, materials or equipment whether or not permanently affixed to the bed of the trailer;

[(17)] (18) "Commercial trailer registration" means the type of registration issued to any commercial trailer;

[(18)] (19) "Commissioner" includes the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and any assistant to the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles who is designated and authorized by, and who is acting for, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles under a designation; except that the deputy commissioners of motor vehicles and the Attorney General are deemed, unless the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles otherwise provides, to be designated and authorized by, and acting for, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles under a designation;

[(19)] (20) "Controlled substance" has the same meaning as in section 21a-240 and the federal laws and regulations incorporated in chapter 420b;

[(20)] (21) "Conviction" means an unvacated adjudication of guilt, or a determination that a person has violated or failed to comply with the law in a court of original jurisdiction or an authorized administrative tribunal, an unvacated forfeiture of bail or collateral deposited to secure the person's appearance in court, the payment of a fine or court cost, or violation of a condition of release without bail, regardless of whether or not the penalty is rebated, suspended or probated;

[(21)] (22) "Dealer" includes any person actively engaged in buying, selling or exchanging motor vehicles or trailers who has an established place of business in this state and who may, incidental to such business, repair motor vehicles or trailers, or cause them to be repaired by persons in his or her employ;

[(22)] (23) "Disqualification" means a withdrawal of the privilege to drive a commercial motor vehicle, which occurs as a result of (A) any suspension, revocation, or cancellation by the commissioner of the privilege to operate a motor vehicle; (B) a determination by the Federal Highway Administration, under the rules of practice for motor carrier safety contained in 49 CFR 386, as amended, that a person is no longer qualified to operate a commercial motor vehicle under the standards of 49 CFR 391, as amended; or (C) the loss of qualification which follows any of the convictions or administrative actions specified in section 14-44k;

[(23)] (24) "Drive" means to drive, operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle, including a motor vehicle being towed by another;

[(24)] (25) "Driver" means any person who drives, operates or is in physical control of a commercial motor vehicle, or who is required to hold a commercial driver's license;

[(25)] (26) "Driver's license" or "operator's license" means a valid Connecticut motor vehicle operator's license or a license issued by another state or foreign jurisdiction authorizing the holder thereof to operate a motor vehicle on the highways;

[(26)] (27) "Employee" means any operator of a commercial motor vehicle, including full-time, regularly employed drivers, casual, intermittent or occasional drivers, drivers under contract and independent owner-operator contractors, who, while in the course of operating a commercial motor vehicle, are either directly employed by, or are under contract to, an employer;

[(27)] (28) "Employer" means any person, including the United States, a state or any political subdivision thereof, who owns or leases a commercial motor vehicle, or assigns a person to drive a commercial motor vehicle;

[(28)] (29) "Farm implement" means a vehicle designed and adapted exclusively for agricultural, horticultural or livestock-raising operations and which is not operated on a highway for transporting a pay load or for any other commercial purpose;

[(29)] (30) "Felony" means any offense as defined in section 53a-25 and includes any offense designated as a felony under federal law;

[(30)] (31) "Fatality" means the death of a person as a result of a motor vehicle accident;

[(31)] (32) "Foreign jurisdiction" means any jurisdiction other than a state of the United States;

[(32)] (33) "Fuels" means (A) all products commonly or commercially known or sold as gasoline, including casinghead and absorption or natural gasoline, regardless of their classification or uses, (B) any liquid prepared, advertised, offered for sale or sold for use, or commonly and commercially used, as a fuel in internal combustion engines, which, when subjected to distillation in accordance with the standard method of test for distillation of gasoline, naphtha, kerosene and similar petroleum products by "American Society for Testing Materials Method D-86", shows not less than ten per cent distilled (recovered) below 347 Fahrenheit (175 Centigrade) and not less than ninety-five per cent distilled (recovered) below 464 Fahrenheit (240 Centigrade); provided the term "fuels" shall not include commercial solvents or naphthas which distill, by "American Society for Testing Materials Method D-86", not more than nine per cent at 176 Fahrenheit and which have a distillation range of 150 Fahrenheit, or less, or liquefied gases which would not exist as liquids at a temperature of 60 Fahrenheit and a pressure of 14.7 pounds per square inch absolute, and (C) any liquid commonly referred to as "gasohol" which is prepared, advertised, offered for sale or sold for use, or commonly and commercially used, as a fuel in internal combustion engines, consisting of a blend of gasoline and a minimum of ten per cent by volume of ethyl or methyl alcohol;

[(33)] (34) "Garage" includes every place of business where motor vehicles are, for compensation, received for housing, storage or repair;

[(34)] (35) "Gross vehicle weight rating" or "GVWR" means the value specified by the manufacturer as the maximum loaded weight of a single or a combination (articulated) vehicle. The GVWR of a combination (articulated) vehicle commonly referred to as the "gross combination weight rating" or GCWR is the GVWR of the power unit plus the GVWR of the towed unit or units;

[(35)] (36) "Gross weight" means the light weight of a vehicle plus the weight of any load on the vehicle, provided, in the case of a tractor-trailer unit, "gross weight" means the light weight of the tractor plus the light weight of the trailer or semitrailer plus the weight of the load on the vehicle;

[(36)] (37) "Hazardous materials" has the same meaning as in 49 CFR 383.5;

[(37)] (38) "Head lamp" means a lighting device affixed to the front of a motor vehicle projecting a high intensity beam which lights the road in front of the vehicle so that it can proceed safely during the hours of darkness;

[(38)] (39) "High-mileage vehicle" means a motor vehicle having the following characteristics: (A) Not less than three wheels in contact with the ground; (B) a completely enclosed seat on which the driver sits; (C) a single or two cylinder, gasoline or diesel engine or an electric-powered engine; and (D) efficient fuel consumption;

[(39)] (40) "Highway" includes any state or other public highway, road, street, avenue, alley, driveway, parkway or place, under the control of the state or any political subdivision of the state, dedicated, appropriated or opened to public travel or other use;

[(40)] (41) "Imminent hazard" means the existence of a condition that presents a substantial likelihood that death, serious illness, severe personal injury or a substantial endangerment to health, property, or the environment may occur before the reasonably foreseeable completion date of a formal proceeding begun to lessen the risk of that death, illness, injury or endangerment;

[(41)] (42) "Intersecting highway" includes any public highway which joins another at an angle whether or not it crosses the other;

[(42)] (43) "Light weight" means the weight of an unloaded motor vehicle as ordinarily equipped and ready for use, exclusive of the weight of the operator of the motor vehicle;

[(43)] (44) "Limited access highway" means a state highway so designated under the provisions of section 13b-27;

[(44)] (45) "Local authorities" includes the board of aldermen, common council, chief of police, warden and burgesses, board of selectmen or other officials having authority for the enactment or enforcement of traffic regulations within their respective towns, cities or boroughs;

[(45)] (46) "Maintenance vehicle" means any vehicle in use by the state or by any town, city, borough or district, any state bridge or parkway authority or any public service company, as defined in section 16-1, in the maintenance of public highways or bridges and facilities located within the limits of public highways or bridges;

[(46)] (47) "Manufacturer" means (A) a person, whether a resident or nonresident, engaged in the business of constructing or assembling new motor vehicles of a type required to be registered by the commissioner, for operation upon any highway, except a utility trailer, which are offered for sale in this state, or (B) a person who distributes new motor vehicles to new car dealers licensed in this state;

[(47)] (48) "Median divider" means an intervening space or physical barrier or clearly indicated dividing section separating traffic lanes provided for vehicles proceeding in opposite directions;

[(48)] (49) "Modified antique motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle twenty years old or older which has been modified for safe road use, including, but not limited to, modifications to the drive train, suspension, braking system and safety or comfort apparatus;

[(49)] (50) "Motor bus" includes any motor vehicle, except a taxicab, as defined in section 13b-95, operated in whole or in part on any street or highway in a manner affording a means of transportation by indiscriminately receiving or discharging passengers, or running on a regular route or over any portion of a regular route or between fixed termini;

[(50)] (51) "Motor home" means a vehicular unit designed to provide living quarters and necessary amenities which are built into an integral part of, or permanently attached to, a truck or van chassis;

[(51)] (52) "Motor-driven cycle" means any motorcycle, motor scooter, or bicycle with attached motor with a seat height of not less than twenty-six inches and a motor that produces five brake horsepower or less;

[(52)] (53) "Motor vehicle" means any vehicle propelled or drawn by any nonmuscular power, except aircraft, motor boats, road rollers, baggage trucks used about railroad stations or other mass transit facilities, electric battery-operated wheel chairs when operated by physically handicapped persons at speeds not exceeding fifteen miles per hour, golf carts operated on highways solely for the purpose of crossing from one part of the golf course to another, golf-cart-type vehicles operated on roads or highways on the grounds of state institutions by state employees, agricultural tractors, farm implements, such vehicles as run only on rails or tracks, self-propelled snow plows, snow blowers and lawn mowers, when used for the purposes for which they were designed and operated at speeds not exceeding four miles per hour, whether or not the operator rides on or walks behind such equipment, motor-driven cycles as defined in section 14-286, special mobile equipment as defined in subsection (i) of section 14-165, mini-motorcycles, as defined in section 14-289j, and any other vehicle not suitable for operation on a highway;

[(53)] (54) "Motorcycle" means a motor vehicle, with or without a side car, having not more than three wheels in contact with the ground and a saddle or seat on which the rider sits or a platform on which the rider stands, but does not include a motor-driven cycle, as defined in this section, or a vehicle having or designed to have a completely enclosed driver's seat and a motor which is not in the enclosed area;

[(54)] (55) "National Driver Registry" or "NDR" means the licensing information system and database operated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and established pursuant to the National Driver Registry Act of 1982, as amended;

[(55)] (56) "New motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle, the equitable or legal title to which has never been transferred by a manufacturer, distributor or dealer to an ultimate consumer;

[(56)] (57) "Nonresident" means any person whose legal residence is in a state other than Connecticut or in a foreign country;

[(57)] (58) "Nonresident commercial driver's license" or "nonresident CDL" means a commercial driver's license issued by a state to an individual who resides in a foreign jurisdiction;

[(58)] (59) "Nonskid device" means any device applied to the tires, wheels, axles or frame of a motor vehicle for the purpose of increasing the traction of the motor vehicle;

[(59)] (60) "Number plate" means any sign or marker furnished by the commissioner on which is displayed the registration number assigned to a motor vehicle by the commissioner;

[(60)] (61) "Officer" includes any constable, state marshal, inspector of motor vehicles, state policeman or other official authorized to make arrests or to serve process, provided the officer is in uniform or displays the officer's badge of office in a conspicuous place when making an arrest;

[(61)] (62) "Operator" means any person who operates a motor vehicle or who steers or directs the course of a motor vehicle being towed by another motor vehicle and includes a driver as defined in subdivision [(24)] (25) of this section;

[(62)] (63) "Out-of-service order" means an order (A) issued by a police officer, state policeman, or motor vehicle inspector under the authority of section 14-8, or by an authorized official of the United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration pursuant to any provision of federal law, to prohibit a commercial motor vehicle from being operated on any highway, or to prohibit a driver from operating a commercial motor vehicle, or (B) issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, pursuant to any provision of federal law, to prohibit any motor carrier, as defined in Section 386.2 of Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations, from engaging in commercial motor vehicle operations;

[(63)] (64) "Owner" means any person holding title to a motor vehicle, or having the legal right to register the same, including purchasers under conditional bills of sale;

[(64)] (65) "Parked vehicle" means a motor vehicle in a stationary position within the limits of a public highway;

[(65)] (66) "Passenger and commercial motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle used for private passenger and commercial purposes which is eligible for combination registration;

[(66)] (67) "Passenger motor vehicle" means a motor vehicle used for the private transportation of persons and their personal belongings, designed to carry occupants in comfort and safety, with a capacity of carrying not more than ten passengers including the operator thereof;

[(67)] (68) "Passenger registration" means the type of registration issued to a passenger motor vehicle unless a more specific type of registration is authorized and issued by the commissioner for such class of vehicle;

[(68)] (69) "Person" includes any individual, corporation, limited liability company, association, copartnership, company, firm, business trust or other aggregation of individuals but does not include the state or any political subdivision thereof, unless the context clearly states or requires;

[(69)] (70) "Pick-up truck" means a motor vehicle with an enclosed forward passenger compartment and an open rearward compartment used for the transportation of property;

[(70)] (71) "Pneumatic tires" means tires inflated or inflatable with air;

[(71)] (72) "Pole trailer" means a trailer which is (A) intended for transporting long or irregularly shaped loads such as poles, logs, pipes or structural members, which loads are capable of sustaining themselves as beams between supporting connections, and (B) designed to be drawn by a motor vehicle and attached or secured directly to the motor vehicle by any means including a reach, pole or boom;

[(72)] (73) "Recreational vehicle" includes the camper, camp trailer and motor home classes of vehicles;

[(73)] (74) "Registration" includes the certificate of motor vehicle registration and the number plate or plates used in connection with such registration;

[(74)] (75) "Registration number" means the identifying number or letters, or both, assigned by the commissioner to a motor vehicle;

[(75)] (76) "Resident", for the purpose of registering motor vehicles, includes any person who is a legal resident of this state, as the commissioner may presume from the fact that such person occupies a place of dwelling in this state for more than six months in a year, or any person, firm or corporation owning or leasing a motor vehicle used or operated in intrastate business in this state, or a firm or corporation having its principal office or place of business in this state;

[(76)] (77) "School bus" means any school bus, as defined in section 14-275, including a commercial motor vehicle used to transport preschool, elementary school or secondary school students from home to school, from school to home, or to and from school-sponsored events, but does not include a bus used as a common carrier;

[(77)] (78) "Second" violation or "subsequent" violation means an offense committed not more than three years after the date of an arrest which resulted in a previous conviction for a violation of the same statutory provision, except in the case of a violation of section 14-215 or 14-224 or subsection (a) of section 14-227a, "second" violation or "subsequent" violation means an offense committed not more than ten years after the date of an arrest which resulted in a previous conviction for a violation of the same statutory provision;

[(78)] (79) "Semitrailer" means any trailer type vehicle designed and used in conjunction with a motor vehicle so that some part of its own weight and load rests on or is carried by another vehicle;

[(79)] (80) "Serious traffic violation" means a conviction of any of the following offenses: (A) Excessive speeding, involving a single offense in which the speed is fifteen miles per hour or more above the posted speed limit, in violation of section 14-218a or 14-219; (B) reckless driving in violation of section 14-222; (C) following too closely in violation of section 14-240 or 14-240a; (D) improper or erratic lane changes, in violation of section 14-236; (E) typing, reading or sending text or a text message with or from a mobile telephone or mobile electronic device in violation of subsection (e) of section 14-296aa while operating a commercial motor vehicle; (F) driving a commercial motor vehicle without a valid commercial driver's license in violation of section 14-36u, as amended by this act, or 14-44a; (G) failure to carry a commercial driver's license in violation of section 14-44a; (H) failure to have the proper class of license or endorsement, or violation of a license restriction in violation of section 14-44a; or (I) a violation of any provision of chapter 248, while operating a commercial motor vehicle, that results in the death of another person;

[(80)] (81) "Service bus" includes any vehicle except a vanpool vehicle or a school bus designed and regularly used to carry ten or more passengers when used in private service for the transportation of persons without charge to the individual;

[(81)] (82) "Service car" means any motor vehicle used by a manufacturer, dealer or repairer for emergency motor vehicle repairs on the highways of this state, for towing or for the transportation of necessary persons, tools and materials to and from the scene of such emergency repairs or towing;

[(82)] (83) "Shoulder" means that portion of a highway immediately adjacent and contiguous to the travel lanes or main traveled portion of the roadway;

[(83)] (84) "Solid tires" means tires of rubber, or other elastic material approved by the Commissioner of Transportation, which do not depend on confined air for the support of the load;

[(84)] (85) "Spot lamp" or "spot light" means a lighting device projecting a high intensity beam, the direction of which can be readily controlled for special or emergency lighting as distinguished from ordinary road illumination;

[(85)] (86) "State" means any state of the United States and the District of Columbia unless the context indicates a more specific reference to the state of Connecticut;

[(86)] (87) "Stop" means complete cessation of movement;

[(87)] (88) "Student" means any person under the age of twenty-one years who is attending a preprimary, primary or secondary school program of education;

[(88)] (89) "Tail lamp" means a lighting device affixed to the rear of a motor vehicle showing a red light to the rear and indicating the presence of the motor vehicle when viewed from behind;

[(89)] (90) "Tank vehicle" means any commercial motor vehicle designed to transport any liquid or gaseous material within a tank that is either permanently or temporarily attached to the vehicle or its chassis which shall include, but not be limited to, a cargo tank and portable tank, as defined in 49 CFR 383.5, as amended, provided it shall not include a portable tank with a rated capacity not to exceed one thousand gallons;

[(90)] (91) "Tractor" or "truck tractor" means a motor vehicle designed and used for drawing a semitrailer;

[(91)] (92) "Tractor-trailer unit" means a combination of a tractor and a trailer or a combination of a tractor and a semitrailer;

[(92)] (93) "Trailer" means any rubber-tired vehicle without motive power drawn or propelled by a motor vehicle;

[(93)] (94) "Truck" means a motor vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property;

[(94)] (95) "Ultimate consumer" means, with respect to a motor vehicle, the first person, other than a dealer, who in good faith purchases the motor vehicle for purposes other than resale;

[(95)] (96) "United States" means the fifty states and the District of Columbia;

[(96)] (97) "Used motor vehicle" includes any motor vehicle which has been previously separately registered by an ultimate consumer;

[(97)] (98) "Utility trailer" means a trailer designed and used to transport personal property, materials or equipment, whether or not permanently affixed to the bed of the trailer;

[(98)] (99) "Vanpool vehicle" includes all motor vehicles, the primary purpose of which is the daily transportation, on a prearranged nonprofit basis, of individuals between home and work, and which: (A) If owned by or leased to a person, or to an employee of the person, or to an employee of a local, state or federal government unit or agency located in Connecticut, are manufactured and equipped in such manner as to provide a seating capacity of at least seven but not more than fifteen individuals, or (B) if owned by or leased to a regional ride-sharing organization in the state recognized by the Commissioner of Transportation, are manufactured and equipped in such manner as to provide a seating capacity of at least six but not more than nineteen individuals;

[(99)] (100) "Vehicle" includes any device suitable for the conveyance, drawing or other transportation of persons or property, whether operated on wheels, runners, a cushion of air or by any other means. The term does not include devices propelled or drawn by human power or devices used exclusively on tracks;

[(100)] (101) "Vehicle identification number" or "VIN" means a series of Arabic numbers and Roman letters that is assigned to each new motor vehicle that is manufactured within or imported into the United States, in accordance with the provisions of 49 CFR 565, unless another sequence of numbers and letters has been assigned to a motor vehicle by the commissioner, in accordance with the provisions of section 14-149;

[(101)] (102) "Wrecker" means a vehicle which is registered, designed, equipped and used for the purposes of towing or transporting wrecked or disabled motor vehicles for compensation or for related purposes by a person, firm or corporation licensed in accordance with the provisions of subpart (D) of part III of this chapter or a vehicle contracted for the consensual towing or transporting of one or more motor vehicles to or from a place of sale, purchase, salvage or repair.

Sec. 29. Section 14-67j of the general statutes is repealed. (Effective July 1, 2012)

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2012

14-12(c)

Sec. 2

July 1, 2012

14-20

Sec. 3

October 1, 2012

14-21c(b)

Sec. 4

July 1, 2012

14-41

Sec. 5

July 1, 2012

14-44k(h)

Sec. 6

July 1, 2012

14-50(a)

Sec. 7

October 1, 2012

14-52(b)

Sec. 8

October 1, 2012

14-58(c)

Sec. 9

October 1, 2012

14-66

Sec. 10

October 1, 2012

14-67

Sec. 11

July 1, 2012

14-67i(b)

Sec. 12

July 1, 2012

14-67v

Sec. 13

July 1, 2012

14-67w(a)

Sec. 14

July 1, 2012

14-111g(a)

Sec. 15

July 1, 2012

14-160

Sec. 16

January 1, 2013

14-174(f)

Sec. 17

July 1, 2012

14-175

Sec. 18

January 1, 2013

14-178

Sec. 19

January 1, 2013

14-192(a)

Sec. 20

July 1, 2012

14-227b(k)

Sec. 21

October 1, 2012

15-145a(a)

Sec. 22

October 1, 2012

14-41c

Sec. 23

October 1, 2012

New section

Sec. 24

July 1, 2012

14-67w(c)

Sec. 25

July 1, 2012

14-164

Sec. 26

July 1, 2012

29-1s(a)

Sec. 27

July 1, 2012

14-36a(c)

Sec. 28

July 1, 2012

14-1

Sec. 29

July 1, 2012

Repealer section

Statement of Purpose:

To amend various motor vehicle statutes to expand on-line dealer functions, phase out year of manufacture plates, limit the registration period for experimental test plates, extend the period for people who need second level immigration and citizenship checks, add exceptions to certain towing limitations, repeal licensing requirements for intermediate processors, amend per se statute to include urine samples, add or increase certain fees, and make certain technical corrections.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]